Basque nationalists are continuing their street demonstrations in protest against the arrest in France of an alleged Basque guerrilla leader, Mr.
Basque nationalists are continuing their street demonstrations in protest against the arrest in France of an alleged Basque guerrilla leader, Mr. Miguel Angel Apaplategui.
SYNOPSIS: The Basque's are demanding that the Spanish government withdraw its request for the extradition of Mr. Apaplategui. The government says it wants the Basque leader to stand trial on charges of murder and Kidnapping. Already violence has broken out in several previous demonstrations. In San Sebastian, an 18 year old youth was shot in the leg. The youth, Jose Angel Iparragirre, was standing on a balcony watching a Basque demonstration when he was hit by a bullet fired from where a group of policemen were standing.
Earlier in the week Basque demonstrators marched on the international bridge separating France and spain. A company of France police assembled on the French side of the border and warned that they would use force if the demonstrators attempted to cross the bridge. The protestors pulled down the Spanish and French flags above the bridge and hoisted the red, white and green Basque flag. The massive turn out of Basque nationalists has been further increased with the end of a two-month long "Basque Freedom March."
Demonstrators turned out from towns and cities throughout the Basque country and marched towards Pamplona. The authorities forbid the protestors from entering the city but allowed a rally on the outskirts of Pamplona. The huge crowd was told that Mr. Apaplategui had gone on a hunger strike and was in a critical condition. The arrested man's mother said her son had told her that if the French did hand him over to the Spanish police "they will only hand over a corpse."